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Kate Middleton shares thanks for ‘kind’ birthday messages as she celebrates milestone 40th

Kate Middleton has given her thanks for the birthday messages she’s received as she celebrates her milestone 40th birthday.

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 40th birthday on Sunday 9 January and has released three special photos to mark the occasion, as well as sharing her gratitude for receiving birthday wishes from many fans and family members.

Posting one of the portraits to the Duke and Duchess’ official Instagram, Kate wrote: “Thank you for all of your very kind birthday wishes, and to Paolo and the National Portrait Gallery for these three special portraits.”

In the photo, Kate can be seen smiling at the camera wearing a white dress with a ruffled statement sleeve. In the other two photos, Kate can be seen in one wearing a red gown with a puffy sleeve and, in the other, an off-the-shoulder white dress with ribbon detailing on the shoulder.

The photos were taken by famed fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and the dresses Kate wears in the shoot are by Alexander McQueen.

The portraits of Kate were taken at Kew Gardens in November, and they will enter the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery – of which Kate is patron – when it reopens in 2023.

Members of the royal family have also been paying tribute to Kate on her 40th birthday, with the Queen, 95, sharing a series of photographs of the monarch with the Duchess of Cambridge throughout her years in the institution.

As the official Royal Family Instagram page shared the snaps, they wrote in the caption: "Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!"

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla also posted a tribute to mum-of-three Kate on the Clarence House Instagram page.

The string of captured moments show Kate smiling with Charles at the Festival of Remembrance in 2021, along with another snap of the Duchess with the Queen and Camilla.

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And a final shot is a close-up of the smiling future queen. Prince Charles, 73, and his 74 year old wife Camilla's official page shared the photographs and wrote in the caption: "Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!"

Royal fans joined in on the well-wishes on Kate's special day, with one writing: “Wishing a very happy birthday to such an amazing Duchess I hope she will have a lovely day today".

Another added: "Happy birthday Your Royal Highness". And another added: "Happiest 40th Birthday to #theduchessofcambridge May she rise and shine more and more with all the love, happiness and success #kateat40".

Kate is believed to have celebrated her milestone birthday with a series of surprises, planned by her beloved husband William, 39.

As a source recently told The Mail: “There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess.

“She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down.”

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